The 49 flora and fauna sightings recorded by MCMC staff or reported to us by the community between October 2016 and end of September 2017 hint at habitat improvements along Merri Creek. They also document the discovery of previously overlooked species and verify the results of conservation efforts.
MCMC is delighted to have received four grants to continue our ongoing ecological restoration and community engagement activities on the Merri. These grants include a partnership project with the Wurundjeri Tribe Council at the Merri-Yarra confluence, a project to renovate mature revegetation in East Brunswick by reducing overland erosion and introducing more appropriate understorey species, a project to improve the quality and resilience of revegetated Streambank Shrubland in Northcote, and a project that will extend and build the resilience of recent restoration work in Fawkner.
For the past two years, Melbourne Water and MCMC's Waterwatch program have been training keen community members to collect and identify waterbugs in order to assess the health of Merri Creek. This citizen science project, which is open to anyone, helps provide a picture of the comparative health of Merri Creek and a basis for future actions to improve the condition of the waterway. In 2017 MCMC ran five waterbug sampling and identification sessions with a total of 26 participants on five sites on the Merri Creek. The collated results showed that the lower, urbanised reaches of the Merri Creek only support waterbugs that are tolerant of pollution. Things are a little better in the upper reaches, north of Epping where some of the sensitive waterbugs, less tolerant of pollution, are found (See table of waterbug pollution sensitivity in Read More section).
The heavy rain from Friday 1st to Monday 4th December brought floods to many parts of Victoria and although Merri Creek wasn't badly hit, the creek was still high and flowing fast - as shown in this photo looking upstream from Blyth St, Brunswick East on Saturday 2nd December. As is now usual following high flow events in the Merri catchment, the creek turned a distinct muddy colour and has carried lots of litter downstream.
Congratulations to the Friends of Merri Creek (FoMC) for their success in gaining the three new innovative grants. These projects will help to improve the environs of Merri Creek and tributaries, and will connect community to local nature in tangible ways. FoMC acknowledges the critical support of MCMC in preparing the project plans and grant applications. MCMC and the Friends will work together to deliver these exciting projects.
MCMC led two nights of frog discovery along Edgars Creek and the Edwardes Lake wetland in Reservoir in October and November. The excursions included educational games such as a frog quiz, waterbug discovery and frog bingo. In total 40 participants heard 11 frogs calling from two local species: the Pobblebonk and the Common Eastern Froglet. All frog calls were recorded as part of Melbourne Water's citizen science Frog Census and uploaded via the Frog Census app.
|24 Feb 2018;|
10:00AM - 03:00PM
Autumn Waterbug Census training
|25 Feb 2018;|
08:45AM - 10:30AM
Friends of Merri Creek Bird Survey 1 for 2018 (continued)
|03 Mar 2018;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Merri Park Litter Clean-up
|04 Mar 2018;|
09:00AM - 10:30AM
Streamteam Water Quality Testing and Waterbug census
|04 Mar 2018;|
09:00AM - 05:00PM
Clean Up Australia Day
|04 Mar 2018;|
09:15AM - 11:30AM
Bus tour: Exploring Unique Galada Tamboore Grasslands